The virus of violence: The relationship between victimisation and aggression

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Watt, B. & Allard, M.J. (2010). The virus of violence: The relationship between victimisation and aggression. In R.E. Hicks (Ed.), Personality and individual differences (pp.293-304). Bowen Hills: Australian Academic Press.

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Experiments for the relationship between victimisation and violence often do not include any mediation variables to account for the difference between victimised individuals that become violent in adulthood and those that do not. A model was proposed, using a Gold Coast community sample of 250 individuals (79 males, 138 females, 33 unspecified) with a median age range 41-45 years, that violent thoughts (measured as violent fantasies and permissive attitudes towards violence) mediate the relationship between victimisation (measured retrospectively) and aggression. The study consisted of distal factors (victimisation and gender), proximal factors (permissive attitudes towards violence and violent fantasies) and an outcome factor (aggression). The results indicated that the model's variables were all important in the prediction of aggression, though gender was no longer significant after all other variables were included.

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